Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 362 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Dec-2004
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World aid headed to Tsunami devastated countries
The world is moving swiftly and sending first-aid material to Tsunami-devastated countries. The death toll in the nine affected terrains in Asia with Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and India went over 22,000. Authorities report the death toll may increase, as the count of victims is still being carried-out.  more

Autopsies find SARS coronavirus found in lungs, other organs of those who died during Canadian outbreak
According to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, autopsies on 19 patients who died during the SARS outbreak in Toronto last year found the SARS coronavirus was present in the lungs of all of them. The virus was also found in 73 per cent of the bowel samples examined, 41 per of liver samples and 38 per cent of kidney samples.  more

Do cigarette additives pose additional risk to smokers?
The U.S. government does not approve or control the "599 list" of non-tobacco chemical ingredients used to manufacture cigarettes. These additives, such as acetic acid (vinegar), chocolate, vanilla, and menthol are found in everyday foods. Scientists, supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), generally regard these substances as safe in foods, but the risks for smokers are not known after combustion in cigarettes and inhalation. Can the toxicological effects for smokers be measured? A new report concludes they can.  more


Women bear a double burden with Alzheimer's disease
Despite the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease -- and the recent high-profile death of former President Ronald Reagan from complications associated with it -- Americans know little about Alzheimer's disease and the progress being made in preventing, diagnosing and treating it. The most recent issue of the National Women's Health Report addresses this lack of awareness.  more

World health officials warn of threat of global flu pandemic
Health officials warned Monday that the world was close to its next pandemic _ a powerful and highly contagious mix of avian influenza and flu virus that would likely be centered in Asia.  more

Exercise doesn't end obesity health risk
Research suggests that exercise is not enough to offset the increased death risk associated with being obese. A study of more than 116,000 women nurses found physical activity did not totally compensate for the higher death risk associated with being obese. To successfully reduce the health effects of obesity, Harvard School of Public Health researchers say, the key was both exercise and weight loss.  more

WHO information: South Asia earthquake and tsunami
A series of earthquakes with epicentres off the Northern Sumatra (Aceh) and resultant tsunamis have hit Southeast Asia caused serious damage and loss of life. The first strongest quake, at 0058 hours GMT had the magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter Scale, followed by a second severe quake (0421 GMT). more

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